Originally Published: March 22, 2016 5:54 p.m.
PRESCOTT – Kris R. McClain was, on Tuesday, March 22, sentenced to 32 years in prison for causing the death of a 19-year-old girl in a car crash while he was under the influence of drugs.
McLain, 52, was found guilty in February guilty of manslaughter, four counts of aggravated assault, six counts of aggravated DUI, one count of criminal damage, and a probation violation charge.
The crash resulted in the death of Hayley Stevens, 19, of Dewey, and injured a 1-1/2-year-old child and Stevens' mother.
Their 2004 Dodge Neon was stopped at the light at Highway 89A and Robert Road at about 3 p.m. When the light turned green, the Neon, along with a 2013 Ford Focus in front of them, began to accelerate.
McClain's Jeep Liberty struck the Neon at highway speed, causing it to spin several times and hit the Ford Focus.
Stevens was found unresponsive, seat-belted into the passenger seat. She was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The driver was transported to YRMC with serious injuries. The 1-1/2-year-old girl, who was properly restrained in a car seat, was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital with serious injuries.
After being transported to YRMC, McClain was flown to a Phoenix-area hospital for treatment.
McClain, who was a medical-marijuana cardholder, had 16 nanograms per milliliter of THC, the mind-altering chemical in marijuana, in his system.
He also had taken Lorazepam, a depressant.
Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk expressed sympathy for the victims and their close-knit family.
“Marijuana is a mind-altering, addictive substance that slows reaction time, impairs judgment and causes impaired driving. A young life was needlessly taken by this defendant who made the decision to drive after using marijuana and Lorazepam. This sentence can never do justice to the devastation he has wreaked on this family,” she said.
Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley imposed a flat-time sentence, meaning that McClain is not eligible for early release.